LIVE UPDATES: Polls Open in US Presidential Election + VIDEO

Tue Nov 8, 2016 16:19:11

American voters are heading to polling stations to choose between two starkly different candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, in one of the most divisive presidential races in US history.

About 140 million Americans out of an eligible population of 220 million are expected to vote across the 50 states by the end of Election Day on Tuesday.

More than 45 million Americans have already voted in 37 states and the District of Columbia, where some forms of early voting were offered. Opinion polls suggest Clinton has a slight edge.

- Trump on Tuesday morning dismissed polls which are showing a tight race on Election Day with Clinton.

“I do think a lot of the polls are purposely wrong,” he told Fox News. The billionaire businessman predicted victories in the key battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Trump casts vote

- Trump cast his ballot in the basketball court of Public School 59 Beekman Hill International in New York.

After casting his vote joked that it was a "tough decision" to make his voting choice.

"We'll see what happens," Trump said when asked whether he would accept the result if the election were called for Clinton.

"It's looking very good. Right now it's looking very good. It will be an interesting day. Thank you," Trump added at the crowded polling station.

Clinton casts vote

- Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, voted in Chappaqua, New York.  She was greeted by dozens of supporters.

“I know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country and will do the very best if I am fortunate enough to win today,” Clinton told a CNN reporter.

- Wall Street stocks dipped in opening trading Tuesday as Americans began casting their ballots. About 12 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 18,237.96, down 0.1 percent.

- Donald Trump Jr. claimed his father would accept result of the election as long as results were "fair and legit."

Asked if Trump planned to concede if Clinton was the "clear-cut winner," the candidate's son responded: "Of course."
"All we've wanted is a fair fight. We just want a fair system."

- Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Virginia were the first states to officially open the polling booths at 6:00 am (1100 GMT) on Tuesday.

Other states are due to begin the process within hours. Timings vary for each state, Press TV reported.


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